Taught course


University of Nottingham · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in any subject area

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The course aims to develop an advanced and critical understanding of criminology in the globalised world. Specifically, it aims to provide a high-quality study of key aspects of the four cornerstones of criminology: crime and deviance; victimisation; responses to crime and deviance; and representation of crime and deviance.

The course will equip students with an advanced and critical understanding of the inter-disciplinary nature of criminology, by drawing from different approaches, theories, and concepts in relation to crime, victimisation, responses to crime, and representation of crime, within the local, regional, national, and international contexts. The course will also produce graduates with competence in employing diverse research methodologies and techniques in studying criminological topics effectively and ethically.
Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in evaluating evidence; appreciating the complexity and diversity of the ways in which crime is constituted, represented and dealt with. Furthermore, they will also further develop their ability in assessing the merits of competing theories relevant to criminology, making ethical judgments and reasoned arguments, as well as reflecting critically and constructively on their own learning and life. The course will enhance students’ transferrable and lifelong learning skills and personal development – through engagement with diverse ‘practice’ contexts - in order to enhance their employability and career aspirations in diverse occupations, and contribution to society at large
The course recognises the socio-cultural and geopolitical significance of globalisation, and its impact on the construction, representation, and responses to crime and deviance. Therefore, the course also emphasises the synergy between academic study and practice, aiming to produce graduates who are critical, reflexive, and highly employable. This is especially evident in the module Criminology in Practice, which has an internship component. Students will be taught not only by criminologists, but also staff who have expertise in sociology, social work, and social/public policy.
This MA will be particularly attractive to social science and arts graduates who wish to pursue careers in the police forces, probation service, prison service, criminal justice, NGO sector, victim support, academia, civil service or journalism. It will also appeal to employees of these services/sectors who wish to further develop their academic and practice competence.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Sociology and Social Policy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Kathryn Clay
+44 (0)115 846 7551